Daily D – Isaiah 11:6
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the goat. The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf will be together, and a child will lead them. (CSB)
Eden was paradise. Rather, Eden was paradise before sin ruptured relationships. Mark Twain, in The Diaries of Adam and Eve, provides interesting thoughts on this matter. In his telling, it was a Wednesday morning when Eve sinned and every beast began destroying the others.
Isaiah is given eyes to see to the coming of Messiah and beyond to a restored creation. The new heaven and the new earth to come will enjoy the harmony that was the rule before sin entered with dramatic danger, death, and decay.
The Apostle Paul addresses this special future in Romans 8:18-25. The section heading in the Christian Standard Bible is “From Groans to Glory.” Verse 19 says, “For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed.” Verse 21 says, “creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children.”
Verse 25 says, “Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.”
Some things are worth waiting for.
Isaiah 11 is worth waiting for. Romans 8 is worth waiting for. Jesus stepping into history in the first advent is worth the wait, the anticipation. Jesus returning to set all things right at his second advent is worth our joyful anticipation.
The wolf will dwell with the lamb.
The leopard will lie down with the goat.
The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf will be together.
A little child will lead them.
Christmas is the story of an ending with a new beginning of heaven on earth.
I will eagerly wait with patience God’s restoration of all things.
Our Father, what a beautiful world you have created! What damage we do to it day by day. The marks of our sinful choices and behavior are everywhere observable. Thank you that one day you will renew all things. One day you will reset the stage. One day, “Night will be no more,” (Revelation 22:5). One day, you wipe away every tear from our eyes. Death will die. Grief, crying, pain, will all go away forever (Revelation 21:4). We wait with eager anticipation for the fulfillment of these truths. Amen.
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2 Corinthians 3:17, 18 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:23, 24 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.